For the first time since implementation of the state report cards in 2001, 100 percent of the Absolute ratings issued for the Kershaw County School District and all of its schools are Excellent, Good or Average. Statewide, 85 percent of high schools achieved this level for Absolute ratings and 82 percent for elementary and middle schools.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees unanimously voted Tuesday to replace the stadium light poles at Lugoff-Elgin High School for $204,750.
Caitlyn and Amanda Coleman placed first in their age/grade category for the essay topic, "Youth Leadership: The Key to Advancing the Dream."
Five years ago, former Pine Tree Hill School teacher Ann Marie Taylor wanted her special education students to be more involved with extracurricular activities.
Catherine Lauren Ross of Bethune has been named to the President's Honor List for the fall 2010 semester at the University of South Carolina.
Blaney Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-week period.
Robert Sumpter wanted a college degree and a career.
Leslie M. Stover Middle School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-week period.
The Black History Month celebration at Wateree Elementary School included an assembly where students performed skits about Ruby Bridges (the first African American to start attending an all-white school) and Larry Doby (Kershaw County's own hometown hero and Baseball Hall of Fame standout. Student Council President McKenlee Davis (center) and Vice President Kaitlyn Salvage (right) prepare to introduce speaker Kayla Portee (left), Lugoff-Elgin High School's homecoming queen. Kayla read a motivational book about heroes of the past.
Heritage Community Bank recently recognized outstanding students at the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC). On behalf of the bank, Branch Manager Kellie Chapman (left) honored students Chelsea Bradford (second from left), representing ATEC's early childhood education program, and Megan Clements (second from right), representing the health science program. ATEC Director Chet Horton (right) was on hand for the recognition.
Artist in Residence Francee Levin recently spent several days working with Midway Elementary School's third-, fourth- and fifth-graders on storytelling, reader's theater and writing. Here, Levin tells a story to students from Teri Davis' and Denee Hayes' third-grade classes. The Artist in Residence is sponsored by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's School Arts program which is funded in part by the Kershaw County School District and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Three Kershaw County students were among fall 2010 graduates at Winthrop University.
Jackson School hosted its first IGA Lego Invitational Feb. 19. More than 10 teams from across the state attended the tournament, where students collaborated with each other on robot designs and programming skills and participated in the Body Forward robot challenge. The Terminators from Greenville Tech High School won third place; RoboEagles from Moore Intermediate School placed in second; and Mind, Boty and Spirit from Doby's Mill Elementary School won first place. Here, students Seth Addeo and Hunter Fulton (center) explain a robotics concept to Tyra Burch (left) and Kristen Clay (right).
The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of March 7-11:
North Central Middle School (NCMS) teacher Lori Pate (left) and NCMS Principal Dr. Burchell Richardson (right) receive a $4,400 grant check from International Paper employee Timmy Boone (center). Pate wrote the grant for International Paper's literacy funding that is made possible through employee sponsorship. This is the fifth year that Boone and Pate have worked together to receive funding for NCMS and literacy improvement.
New Lugoff-Elgin High School Principal Worth Thomasson wants students to understand that what they learn in the classroom can be applied to life outside the classroom. Thomasson, who moved from being principal at North Central High School in August, hopes to make that connection through promoting literacy this school year.
A Camden resident who wants to preserve Zemp Stadium spoke before the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its meeting Tuesday night.
With the beginning of the school year, Camden Middle School (CMS) became the first middle school in Kershaw County to implement and offer a full Outdoor Life Unit program as a physical education course. Currently, all three Kershaw County School District (KCSD) high schools offer the course, as do a few others in South Carolina.
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